A Woman to Blame. The Kerry Babies Case by Nell McCafferty

By Nell McCafferty

Joanne Hayes, at 24 years of age, hid the beginning and dying of her child in County Kerry, eire, in 1984. thus she confessed to the homicide, by means of stabbing, of one other child. all the clinical facts confirmed that she couldn't have had this moment child. The police however, insisted on charging her and, after the fees have been dropped, persevered to insist that she had given beginning to twins conceived of 2 varied males.

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J. Browne was the writer of police reports. As the local guards swept south Kerry, Detective Sergeant Dillon, stationed in the county capital, Tralee, in north Kerry, was asked to make his own enquiries in that town. He made three phone calls. The first was to CURA, the catholic organisation that helps unmarried mothers. CURA had been established in Kerry in October 1983 in the wake of the anti-abortion campaign. In contrast to the seventy marriage counsellors which the church provided for the kingdom, CURA had only three.

The fight to save fertilised eggs was on. The country was put through a crash course on such hitherto unknown facts as the existence of zygotes. In the space of two years, three governments came and went. Bishop Joseph Cassidy declared with smug certainty that the most dangerous place in the world was in a woman’s womb. The Constitution was amended in November 1983 to give the fertilised egg a right to life that was equal to that of the woman in whose body it was growing. The era of the unborn was upon us.

This cruelty to pregnant women obtains even where it is medically certain that a diseased foetus will not live seconds beyond birth. In the wake of the X case and in exchange for a multi-million injection of funds from the EU, the people voted to allow freedom of travel abroad for an abortion, and freedom of information about abortion at home. That EU funding is generally acknowledged to have given birth to the Celtic Tiger era. The fate of eggs,which are fertilised in Ireland and then exported troubles the Irish not at all.

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